U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched I-9 Central , a new online resource center dedicated to Form I-9 , Employment Eligibility Verification. This free, easy-to-use website builds on recent employment-related enhancements by providing employers and employees simple one-click access to resources, tips and guidance to properly complete Form I-9 and better understand the Form I-9 process.
Completing the Form I-9
By law, all U.S. employers must verify the identity and employment eligibility of every employee they hire to work in the United States, regardless of the employee's immigration status. To comply with the law, employers are required to complete Form I-9 , Employment Eligibility Verification, for all employees, including U.S. citizens. Employers must keep these forms for three years after the date of the hire or one year after the date the individual's employment is terminated, whichever is later.
Employers who fail to properly complete, retain, or make available for inspection Forms I-9 as required by law may face costly financial penalties. Companies that hire or continue to employ individuals knowing they are not authorized to be employed in the United States are also subject to civil and criminal penalties.
New I-9 Central Can Help
The I-9 Central online resource provides employers with enhanced, easy-to-access guidance for understanding and complying with the Form I-9 process, including sections regarding:
- Employer and employee rights and responsibilities;
- Step-by-step instructions for completing the form; and
- Information on acceptable documents for establishing identity and employment authorization.
I-9 Central also includes a discussion of common mistakes to avoid when completing the form, guidance on how to correct errors, and answers to employers' recent questions about the Form I-9 process.
Additional Form I-9 Resources Available
The launch of I-9 Central follows the introduction by USCIS of other important employment-related resources, including:
- E-Verify Self Check , a service launched in March that allows workers and job seekers in the United States to check their own employment eligibility status online; and
- An updated “ Handbook for Employers: Instructions for Completing Form I-9 ,” published earlier this year.
USCIS also offers free webinars on completing Form I-9.
For more information related to verifying employment eligibility, please see the HR360 page covering the Immigration Reform and Control Act .